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Therapeutic Phlebotomy

Service Availability

8:00a-5:00p on Wednesday-Friday | Appointments are Required

The Blood Connection provides therapeutic phlebotomy as a community service at no charge. If you would like to receive this free service, please ask your physician’s office to sign up below for access to the electronic physician’s order form.

Effective May 1, 2020 all therapeutic phlebotomy orders must be submitted electronically.  We are no longer accepting hard copy order forms by fax, scan or delivered by the patient. If you are new to our electronic form, please sign up for access.

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What Do I Need To Bring?

Just a photo ID. Your doctor will send your order to us. After receiving your order, we will obtain approval to perform your therapeutic phlebotomy from our Medical Director. After approval is obtained, someone from our team will call you to schedule your appointment.

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How Often Can I Give?

Your doctor will prescribe the frequency of your therapeutic draws depending on what level your hemoglobin is at now and your target level. This frequency may be every few months, monthly, weekly, every few days, or may only be once.

Can I Give To Patients?

Most cannot, but in 1999 the FDA approved that the blood from people with hereditary hemochromatosis posed no greater risk than blood obtained from volunteer blood donors -provided the patient meets all screening and testing requirements.

BLOOD Facts

What diseases are treated by

Therapeutic Phlebotomy?

The three most common reasons for phlebotomy are:

Hemochromatosis

It is defined as a disorder of the way the body uses iron. The body absorbs too much of the iron found in the foods we eat. This extra iron is stored in the body, mainly in the liver, pancreas and skin, which leads to cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, enlarged heart with congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat and increased skin pigmentation.

Polycythemia

This is an increase in the number of circulating red blood cells and total blood volume.

Porphyries

This would include metabolic disorders associated with hepatosplenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen and liver), photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), pigmentation, and a distinct red color in the urine.

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